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Health/Social Emotional Education for School and Community Certificate

  • Credits:
  • Degree:
    Graduate Certificate

Program Description

This Health/Social Emotional Education certificate is for physical educators, community and public health educators, and wellness and fitness center employees who want current knowledge of health and how to teach it effectively. Students learn to teach skills-based health education based on the Massachusetts performance indicators and the National Health Education Standards. Two courses are required and two are selected from the initial licensure courses of the Skills-Based Health/Social Emotional Learning master’s program.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes include increased competency in health education content and teaching skills.


For more information, please contact Admissions at 1-800-829-4723.


Health Education Required Courses
Implementing Curriculum in the Health/SEL Classroom
EHE 622 3 credit(s)

Implementing skills-based health/SEL education in the health classroom provides teacher candidates with the knowledge and skill to design and implement skills-based health/SEL education based on state and national standards. Candidates access and analyze youth risk behavior data, use backwards design, infuse performance indicators, and plan assessment and instruction, including a skills-based unit and lesson plans. Course assessments are aligned with MA PSTs and SMKs. Pre-practicum experience required.

Teaching About Human Sexuality
EHE 632

Learn how human growth and development, social emotional learning, and sexual health affect adolescents and their families. Diversity in sexual orientation and gender identity are also examined. Demographic research, class discussions, activities, and development of a skills-based lesson prepare the candidate to teach age and culturally appropriate sexuality lessons that address reproductive health, family values, social emotional learning, sexual orientation and gender identity. Course assessments are aligned with MA PSTs and SMKs. Pre-practicum experience required.

Health Education Electives

Choose two courses.

Principles of Health/Social Emotional Promotion and Public Health Issues
EHE 613 3 credit(s)

Acquire the knowledge and health/social emotional skill to teach children to develop and maintain healthy behaviors, to identify public and community health agencies, resources and prevention practices youth need to protect themselves, their families, and communities from life-threatening and disabling conditions. Assessments include analysis of case studies, a literature review, health awareness campaign, public health unit, and a community service learning project. Course assessments are aligned with MA PSTs and SMKs. Pre-practicum experience required.

Promoting Wellness: Building Positive Health/Social Emotional Behavior
EHE 642 3 credit(s)

Learn how nutrition, physical activity and fitness impact learning and prevent cardiovascular and pulmonary disease. The course identifies key nutrients, analyzes media messages, utilizes dietary and fitness guidelines, and designs strategies to develop and monitor progress in achieving personal goals for lifetime health/social emotional behavior. Candidates conduct a mini-lesson, host a school-wide event, conduct a school health index, and build a skills-based unit. Course assessments are aligned with MA PSTs and SMKs. Pre-practicum experience required.

Preventing Unintentional Injury and Violence
EHE 652 3 credit(s)

Learn to teach the knowledge and health/social emotional skills to help youth avoid injury and violence. Examine research, behavioral surveys, resources for students affected by violence, science-based curricula, negotiation and mediation skills, bullying, sexual harassment and assault, domestic violence, homophobia and racism. Assessments include evaluating curriculum, making group presentations, presenting a mini-lesson, creating a resource book, and designing and implementing violence prevention curriculum. Course assessments are aligned with MA PSTs and SMKs. Pre-practicum experience required.

Health-SEL Skills for Risk Reduction and Positive Behavior Change
EHE 682 3 credit(s)

Examine the factors that contribute to youth risk behaviors and positive behavior change. Using the state and national standards, candidates learn pedagogical strategies to reduce risk behaviors, increase protective factors and social emotional learning, encourage positive behavior change, and promote the development of youth leadership and social responsibility. Assessments include the implementation of a mini-lesson and a community advocacy project. Pre-practicum experience required.

Promoting Mental/SEL Health Through School-Based Intervention
EHE 662 3 credit(s)

Learn to identify youth who need school-based intervention and how to refer to professional counseling, psychological and social services. Investigate and assess student assistance models, access to mental/social emotional health services,and practice strategies that assist youth to build resilience, communicate constructively with peers and families, manage stress, and seek help. Through case studies, acquire the knowledge and skills to promote mental/social emotional health. Course assessments are aligned with MA PSTs and SMKs. Pre-practicum experience required.

Improving School Health/SEL Through Coordination
EHE 672 3 credit(s)

The effectiveness of skills-based health/social emotional learning is increased when it is part of a coordinated approach where school staff, administration, family and the community cooperate, collaborate and coordinate to support the health of students, staff, and the school community. Build and implement a coordinated school health program by using data, information technology, research, and collaboration while recognizing the unique academic, cultural and language needs of students. Course assessments are aligned with MA PSTs and SMKs.

Core Faculty

Senior Instructor



  • Admission Test:

    No standardized graduate school tests required for admission into non-licensure programs.

  • Admissions Office:
  • Application Form:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)

School Requirements

See Admissions Requirements for School of Education


State Health Requirements

The Massachusetts Health Department and Cambridge College require the following of students in Massachusetts:

Immunizations – All students in Massachusetts are required to get certain immunizations before you can register for your first term. See form

Health Insurance – In Massachusetts, undergraduate students taking nine or more credits/term and graduate students taking six or more credits/term must enroll in the College’s health insurance plan. Students who have insurance with comparable coverage may request a waiver. See information and enroll or waive.

International Students 

International students are accepted at Massachusetts location only, and need to provide supplemental documentation:

  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Transfer Credit

Graduate program applicants, please complete the transfer credit request form if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer. Learn more.

Undergraduate program applicants, once you are accepted, your official transcripts are evaluated for transfer credit.



  • Credits:
  • Cost per credit hour:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $3,415 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.

Note: Rates are as of September 2018, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

Financial Aid

Cambridge College offers financial aid to students in our degree programs who are enrolled at least half time. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits each term. Graduate and doctoral students must be enrolled in at least 4 credits each term. Learn more

Grants, Scholarships and Loans

Cambridge College welcomes the opportunity to support your efforts to pay for college.  Federal, state and local resources in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and work-study, including Cambridge College Scholarships, are available to help defray the cost of tuition. Learn more

Getting Your Company to Help

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